Category Archives: Alameda County EMS

Video: Last Nights City Council Meeting

Online now here.

Go to 41.55 minutes to see The Crown Beach Event discussion, aka The Zack Assisted Suicide.


If you’re not outraged, you haven’t been paying attention!

Alameda City Council Meeting: TODAY, Tuesday, June 7, 7 PM

Agenda item: City Manager’s discussion of The Crown Beach Event, aka The Zack Assisted Suicide

Meeting Location: Second Floor, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

I hope you’ve seen the TV news keeping the heat on city hall:  KTVU Channel 2, ABC and NBC Bay Area. Last night’s 10 O’Clock news segment on Alameda is here.

I’ve been conducting a lot of research on this.  If you think we should not be outraged, email me; let’s talk: raisinghellforgood@gmail.com

The AFD is lying about budget cuts–there were none (read below for details) and hiding behind protocols. It’s wrong. Worse, their failure to perform was lethal to one of our own, to someone they are sworn to protect and save. Like their failed responses to the 2009 FISC fire and the 2010 Crude Oil Transfer & Spill, these response failures caused further harm to us rather than protecting us! Unless we, en masse, demand better of our city, nothing will change. Please come to tonight’s meeting and bring everyone you know!

We cannot continue our mute tolerance of this! We are each of us at risk! Come to City Hall tonight and help change this with a show of force!

Still not convinced?  Keep reading… Continue reading


New information……………Are the AFD failures on Monday criminal?

Probably.

The AFD claim they engaged the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) to effect the rescue of Raymond Zack on Monday since the AFD “was not allowed”, neither capable nor willing.

Today’s press release from the ACFD says two very important things:

1. THE AFD DID NOT ENGAGE THE ACFD TO EFFECT THE RESCUE OF RAYMOND ZACK

2. THE ACFD HAS A COMPLETE TRAINED TEAM WITH ALL THE EQUIPMENT TO EFFECT A WATER RESCUE IN THE SHOALS OFF OUR SHORE, THE SHALLOW WATERS

This is now criminal.  The city of Alameda’s first responders—the AFD and the APD—should be under criminal investigation.

ACFD press release is here.


Did AFD violate ACEMS protocols?

OMG!  Raymond Zack was still alive when he was brought to shore?  Then taken to Alameda Hospital?  I heard NOTHING in the news about a resuscitation attempt, but Delores Berry, Zack’s stepmother, says he was alive when he removed from the scene:

“I watched them put him in the ambulance,” Berry said. “I know he was still alive because he was shaking all over. I think it was hypothermia.”

Did paramedics at the scene perform resuscitation?  Did Alameda Hospital?  Was Alameda Hospital the best hospital to take Zack?

Alameda County EMS (ACEMS) protocols dictate that submersion victims either go to a trauma hospital (Highland) or a cardiac unit (Summit). Why was Zack taken to Alameda Hospital which is neither a trauma or a cardiac center?!?!

Did the AFD violate their, the ACEMS, protocols?

San Jose Mercury writer Peter Hegerty interviewed Berry; see his story here.


Two for Two

Stroke transport protocol changed: check.

Illicit crude oil transfers stopped (along with the toxic fumes and oil spills): check.

So I’m pretty happy. It appears that when we take the time to report serious problems to the right people in the right agencies, they care and they do their job of protecting us, really well apparently.  And quickly.  In under two months for the stroke protocol. In under three months for the illicit crude oil transfers. Impressive.  Kudos (again, I can’t thank these people enough) to: … Continue reading


AHD Board decisions based upon anecdotal evidence. Huh?

Mr. Gorelick hasn’t posted notes yet from last night’s Alameda Healthcare District board meeting, but when he does (soon), you’ll find them here.

I went to the meeting to see their discussion about becoming a primary stroke center (PSC). What I saw should concern everyone.  Mr. Gorelick brought reasoned questions, facts, medical science, the probabilities about the direction of future stroke care as indicated by hospitals well ahead of ours, etc., etc., to the table in hopes of a meaningful discussion to optimize moving forward with or without becoming a primary stroke center (not to be confused with a ‘comprehensive stroke center’). He asked that decisions be based on evidence.  Not one other board member was interested.

Mr. Gorelick suggested repeatedly . . . Continue reading


KQED’s Forum, 12/21/2011

Start listening at 47 minutes into the audio file:  http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201012211000